What’s going on here? The apples approaching the washtub look gleeful, like they can’t wait to take a swim. But the apples already in the tub seem horrorstruck, sinking down beneath the surface.
I suspect that it’s the toothy jack-o-lantern controlling the scene. Is that steam wafting from his opening? Boiling the water and turning the apples into stew? Perhaps he felt that the apples were getting just a little too much attention from the kiddies this Halloween.